This will be a brief departure from the usual. The Hominy Community Center did a bit of a merge that included our local’s best in an event that honored community, tribal pride, and veteran contributions. That is what makes Hominy so special. The three are homogenous (look that one up kids!).
The movie Playground of the Native Son was showcased with a special treat of having Eddie Red Eagle, Joe Hawkins, and producer Celia Xavier at the event. Several other dignitaries were present who represented the Sac N Fox Tribe and research for the film (Art Shoemaker). We had great speakers Rex Duncan (District Attorney and retired Colonel Army), and Charles O’Leary (Legion Commander retired Lt Col Army), and Joe Hawkins, actor and combat veteran (best friend). The opening ceremony of the posting of the colors by Troop 33 Boy Scouts from Pawhuska was outstanding. I would be remiss if I did not mention the fantastic support of the evening MC April Brown and her host of help including D.J. Whited who sang (his company helped the HUT with its AC issues as well, more on that later), and Jennifer Casey’s beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.
The volunteers made it happen. I have to start off with my personal hero Chef Sebert, he took a tough assignment and made it look like kid’s play. Don Childress had his back and I appreciate that. April and Joe Brown brought a crew of the best troops an old Chief could hope for to help. Shane Brown, Karen Sutton, Grant Harmon, MacKenzie Goode, Elizabeth Brown, Catherine Brown, Brooklyn Brown (notice a trend?) and Kiercy Hickson. They were exceptional.
I was pleased to see such a large gathering and appreciated the patience as we waited for the sun to go down to FINALLY start the movie. Thanks to Dick Barton with Crystal Bay Marina for covering the grub (which was excellent), Joe Hawkins for the final drink refreshments refill, and so many others. Next time, no speeches, movie starts at dark okay? Deal! Rumor is it might be Stagecoach, a classic John Wayne Western. Free popcorn.
Our regular meetings continue the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:00 PM. The next meeting is Thursday June 2nd at 6:00 PM, I will report the menu as it is usually incredible. Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings in May and June are still scheduled for biscuits and gravy and maybe a waffle or two and always a cup of Joe (coffee to the civilians). Keep your eye on the weather in case things have to be postponed. That will be most likely if the storms bring strong winds and lightning. If you are a veteran come on by. If you have a good story it may end up in print. Also keep up with us at website “americanlegion142.org”.